Sarah MG, otherwise known as Catface, has been drawing since she could pick up a pencil. In the beginning, of all the styles of drawing out there, the self-taught artist was most affected by cartoons and comic books. “The illustrations by Naoko Takeuchi in the original Sailor Moon mangas influenced me so much growing up, and they still do. They were so classy and beautiful,” Sarah says. “I always admired the classic comic book style as well; everything inked so perfectly, the lines so simple and cartoon-like yet portraying something so realistic.”
The Denver, Colorado-based illustrator pulls her inspiration from, she says, “everyday life, my beautiful friends and the women who inspire me.” Sarah’s art reflects her love for street fashion, magic, animals, and plants. “So much life to capture,” she says. Sarah’s pieces also capture a sense of the weird, the mystical, the edgy.
Sarah’s characters are intriguing and sensual. Aloof, in their own worlds. They’re sexy urban witches going about everyday life. They’re philosophical aliens sipping beer at a rooftop pool party. They’re confident, beautiful women eating junk food unapologetically and looking good doing it.
The third eye is a common theme among these voluptuous creatures, possibly because they see beyond the physical world. They’re living life to the beat of their own drum: sleeping in, dancing solo, lost in existential contemplation, wondering how to get back to the cosmos.
Sarah’s process consists of putting on music, burning incense, and jumping in freestyle. “I just go for it,” she says. “I try not to have too many expectations or a plan; those I seem to be most satisfied with. I like to make it very personal to me at the time I’m creating.” The artist loves every aspect of her craft. “The process, the finished product, sharing it with people, talking to people, doodling, my sketchbook, collecting markers and supplies, creating my creative space — I enjoy it all,” she says. “The least enjoyable thing is drawer’s block. It feels awful.”
Even worse than drawer’s block is the push and pull of economic and societal pressures. “Honestly, the most challenging thing about being an artist is never knowing if you’ll ever be able to support yourself doing what you’re passionate about,” Sarah says. “I’m working a regular job to support my passion, but hopefully someday I can do this full time.”
The artist tries not to stress too much though. When it happens, she says, “I take a day from thinking, read a book, watch some Adventure Time, drink some coffee or tea and start over new the next day.”
It’s all about the process, and working at your own pace. When asked if she had any advice for those just starting out in the field, she said, “Just to keep going, don’t get discouraged, keep a sketchbook and remember to always keep drawing for yourself.”
Check out more of Sarah’s pieces on her Tumblr page and follower her on Twitter @mscatface. If you’re in LA this weekend, catch Sarah’s work at the Superchief Gallery in a group show entitled Booty Worship. Opening reception is tomorrow, 2 May, and runs until the 30th.